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117 Broad Street
Charleston

There are very few places in the United States where someone can lay claim to living in the home of a ''Founding Father.'' Edward Rutledge, signer to the Declaration of Independence, lived in this magnificent Georgian-style mansion from 1763 until his death in 1800. Rutledge also served as South Carolina's 10th Governor. Now known as The Governor's House, this home was first built in 1760 by James Laurens, brother to the President of the Second Continental Congress, Henry Laurens. His son John Laurens served as aide-de-camp to President George Washington and was a close friend to Alexander Hamilton. Sitting on nearly 1/2 acre just outside the original walled city, on the site of the former Charleston Orange Garden, the house has been altered and added onto since construction. The grand double house boasts Greek Revival wrap around piazzas as a Category 3 House listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1972 the home was declared a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. Original details are found throughout, including heart of pine floors, detailed moldings, 7 fireplaces, triple hung 9-foot windows and 12-foot ceilings. The main level of the property includes a grand entry with a sitting area, formal dining room, piano room, parlor, kitchen, reception room, office, powder room and one guest bedroom ensuite. Ascend the ornate spiral staircase to the second floor to find four guest suites, three with sitting rooms. Two guest suites are on the third floor. The ground floor, or "terrace level" has two guest suites as well as a studio apartment with kitchenette and a 3/4 bathroom. Two guest suites with separate sitting rooms can be found in the kitchen house. The large lot on nearly a 1/2 acre includes space for a large pool and pool house. There are currently 14 off-street parking spaces in the courtyard, accommodating ample parking for the residence. The mansion and kitchen house currently serve as an 11 room historic Inn with an Innkeepers studio.

Listing provided by Handsome Properties, Inc.
Features
Location Information
County: 
Charleston
Subdivision: 
South of Broad
Interior Features
Interior: 
Ceilings - 9'+, Ceiling - Smooth
Master Bedroom: 
Downstairs, Dual Masters, Garden Tub/Shower, Outside Access, Upstairs
Fireplace Description: 
Bedroom, Dining Room, Gas Logs, Living Room, Three +, Wood Burning
Heating: 
Electric, Forced Air
Cooling: 
Central
Floors: 
Wood
Exterior Features
Style: 
Traditional
Stories/Levels: 
Multi-Story
Exterior: 
Brick - Solid, Wood Siding
Foundation: 
Crawl Space
Parking Description: 
Attached,Off-Street Parking,Other (Use Remarks)
Lot Description: 
Corner
Misc Exterior: 
Fence - Iron, Patio, Fence - Private, Porch - Wrap-Around, Balcony
School
Elementary School: 
Memminger
Middle School: 
Courtenay
High School: 
Burke
Additional Information
Type: 
Residential
SubType: 
Single Family Detached
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Price: 
$7,495,000
Year Built: 
1760
Bedrooms: 
12
MLS: 
20024983
Square Feet: 
9,887
Bathrooms: 
12.5